I picked Kaye up
on the way & met up with Sheila just after 9:00am.
I took 2 of my
poley jills (Bandito & Jilly).
Sheila took 4 albino jills, but only worked 2 (Arwen
& Flower) plus her 2 lurchers (Lucy
Kaye came with two of her young lurchers (Todd
& Erin) to see what they would do when
confronted with a bolting rabbit.
We started off at
the bury close to the road. 4 ferrets were introduced into the bury, my 2 and 2 of Sheila's.
We did eventually
get one bolt from the bury but it shot out of a hole that we hadn't netted up.
A case of too many
holes and not enough nets - and besides which we couldn't be bothered... after
all we did have 4 lurchers with us.
The rabbit legged it
across the field towards Erin, who promptly
set off after it,
Kaye let Todd go,
and he went the wrong way - he hadn't seen the rabbit.
We ended up with all
4 lurchers across the other side of the field when Todd
put up a rabbit from a scrape.
I think it was
purely accidental on Todd's part... he tripped over
the rabbit, and it still got away.
We moved on to a
single-hole in the bottom hedge.
Arwen went in to investigate the hole... we
heard a couple a thumps and a rabbit screamed.
Sheila checked with the locator, Arwen was a foot down and stationery, so she
got the spade and started digging...
after a few minutes Arwen came out with a bloody nose and
licking her lips...
I finished off
digging and broke through into the tunnel...
1x dead buck rabbit.
We moved on up the
hedgerow and netted up the next bury, Bandito
went to see if anyone was at home...
a few thumps and
squeals - a quick check with the locator to discover that
Bandito was pretty near the entrance.
I managed to grab
the rabbit's back legs and haul it out, with Bandito
trying to pull it back in by the nose.
The next buries down
the hedge were water-logged so we moved up the hill.
The next bury was
under an Oak tree - we set a few nets and I put a gate net across the gully.
3 ferrets went in...
a big buck went to bolt, saw Lucy and dived
back under the tree.
The ferrets appeared
to be a better option than the lurchers.
After a fairly long
wait Bandito and
Flower surfaced. Arwen was a
couple of feet down so Sheila started digging... then the fun
Sheila thought that Arwen
was on the rabbit but it appeared that the rabbit must have been up on a ledge.
disturbed the rabbit - this went on for something like an hour and a half.
Just to spice up the
proceedings Todd put up a young buck rabbit
and chased it into the same bury,
but up the hill from
the Oak tree.
After a quarter of
an hour the young buck decided to leg it from under the oak - he didn't get far.
Lucy caught him.
Then it was the
waiting game again... that darn old buck was leading
Arwen a merry dance...
but he wouldn't
Arwen finally surfaced after nearly two hours
she looked like she
was wearing rabbit-fur mittens on her front paws so she'd really been in contact
Time was now almost
3:00pm so we decided to call it a day...
he'd got the better
of Arwen and us...
and after that
length of time he had earned the right to be left to his own devices.
We'll get him